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mckeonj
58898.  Sat Mar 11, 2006 6:34 am Reply with quote

Here's an idea for a QI question:
Quote:
skillful
travelling
grievious
misspell

Which is the odd one out, and why?































grievious is misspelled

 
Kevino7
58904.  Sat Mar 11, 2006 6:55 am Reply with quote

So is skilful (unless you are American)

 
suze
58905.  Sat Mar 11, 2006 6:58 am Reply with quote

Well "grievious" certainly is misspelled or misspelt. Although it's a slightly unusual kind of spelling error, since it is undoubtedly the correct spelling of a common mispronunciation of the word.

"Skillful" is correct, although nearly all dictionaries permit "skilful" as well. Oddly, the one-l spelling seems to be most common in Canada, the USA has always gone two-l and Britain isn't quite sure. (Dictionaries allege that one-l is normal British, but also that two-l is increasingly prevalent.)

"Travelling" is conventional British spelling, while in the USA "traveling" is more usual. Canadians really aren't sure about this one and use both with impunity.

"Misspell" has alternative forms of the past participle, as shown above. Also, the word is very occasionally hyphenated.

Therefore the answer to your question is:

1. "Grievious", as it was undoubtedly misspelled; or
2. "Skillful", as is it one of the few words where the Canadians go against the British and the Americans; or
3. "Travelling", as it is the only one where the British spelling would be considered plain wrong in the USA; or ergo
4. "Misspell", as it is the only one for which I cannot find a convincing explanation as to why it is the odd one out!

But on the subject of convincing explanations ...

Can you provide such for why this thread belongs in "D series talk" ...


Last edited by suze on Sat Mar 11, 2006 7:04 am; edited 1 time in total

 
Kevino7
58906.  Sat Mar 11, 2006 7:01 am Reply with quote

It would be a question in final round.

 
mckeonj
58918.  Sat Mar 11, 2006 8:36 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:


But on the subject of convincing explanations ...

Can you provide such for why this thread belongs in "D series talk" ...

I put it under 'D' so that it might get included in the new series. I admit to selecting the 'non-grievous' words for their spelling ambiguity, and hoping that there would be at least one North American on the panel.
Quod erat demonstrandum.

 
Kevino7
58922.  Sat Mar 11, 2006 8:40 am Reply with quote

That would be Rich Hall

 
Icarus
58962.  Sat Mar 11, 2006 11:38 am Reply with quote

Besides grievious being misspelt, it's the only word in that list without an l in it...unless you wanted to trick them into giving the correct answer?

 
mckeonj
59028.  Sat Mar 11, 2006 3:35 pm Reply with quote

Icarus wrote:
Besides grievious being misspelt, it's the only word in that list without an l in it...unless you wanted to trick them into giving the correct answer?

...to trick them into avoiding the obvious answer

 
Jenny
59112.  Sat Mar 11, 2006 9:36 pm Reply with quote

Mischievous is often mispronounced as mischievious, like grievous/grievious.

I have to say that the mispronunciation that really bugs me is nucular for nuclear.

 
Kevino7
59141.  Sun Mar 12, 2006 5:32 am Reply with quote

what about subtle/suttle

 

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